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Washington Nationals star Max Scherzer exits with possible injury

Jun 11, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) stands on the pitcher’s mound as manager Dave Martinez (4) and the team trainer approach during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer left in the first inning of Friday’s game against the San Francisco Giants due to an apparent injury.

Scherzer departed with one out after throwing 12 pitches. The three-time Cy Young Award winner appeared to squat briefly and wince after the 12th pitch and manager Dave Martinez and the team trainer came out to the mound.

Scherzer then threw one warmup pitch before leaving the game.

Right-hander Paolo Espino replaced Scherzer with San Francisco’s Brandon Belt at bat.

–Field Level Media